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South African Child Gauge

An annual monitor of the situation of South Africa’s children, and the realisation of their rights

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South African Child Gauge 2014
Mathews S, Jamieson L, Lake L & Smith C (eds) 2014
Children's Institute, University of Cape Town

South African Child Gauge 2012

The South African Child Gauge is the only publication in the country that provides an annual snap-shot of the status of South Africa’s children.

It is published by the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town, to track South Africa’s progress towards realising children’s rights.

The 2014 issue focuses on the theme 'Preventing violence against children - breaking the intergenerational cycle'.

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Full report (3.6 MB)
Poster (614 KB)
Policy brief (440 KB)
Child-friendly summary (890 KB)

Back cover
Acknowledgements and contact details
Broad overview
List of figures, tables and cases
List of abbreviations

Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children

Reflections on early childhood development
Ms Bathabile Dlamini, Minister of Social Development
Mr Mike Masutha, MP, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services



Legislative developments in 2013/2014
Lucy Jamieson, Nikki Stein and Samantha Waterhouse


Overview of part two

Violence against children in South Africa: Developing a prevention agenda
Shanaaz Mathews and Patrizia Benvenuti

The prevention of violence against children: Creating a common understanding
Joan van Niekerk and Mokhantšo Makoae

Towards effective child protection: Adopting a systems approach
Cathy Chames and Dena Lomofsky

Towards effective child protection: Ensuring adequate financial and human resources
Lucy Jamieson, Lorenzo Wakefield and Megan Briedé

Young children: Preventing physical abuse and corporal punishment
Carol Bower and Andrew Dawes

Primary school children: Widening worlds and increasing risk of sexual abuse
Lucie Cluver, Franziska Meinck and Shaheeda Omar

Adolescents: Preventing interpersonal and gender-based violence
Pinky Mahlangu, Aník Gevers and Ariane De Lannoy

Adopting a violence prevention approach: Shifting from policies and plans to implementation
Mastoera Sadan and Shanaaz Mathews


Introducing Children Count – Abantwana Babalulekile

Demography of South Africa’s children
Katharine Hall, Helen Meintjes and Winnie Sambu

Income poverty, unemployment and social grants
Katharine Hall and Winnie Sambu

Child health and nutrition
Nadine Nannan, Katharine Hall and Winnie Sambu

Children’s access to education
Katharine Hall

Children’s access to housing
Katharine Hall

Children’s access to basic services
Katharine Hall

Technical notes on the data sources

About the contributors

Previous issues

Readers' feedback

To the best of my knowledge, the South African Child Gauge is the only publication in South Africa that combines detailed empirical data presented in a user-friendly and accessible format, with insightful and thought-provoking research and commentary in the sphere of children’s rights.

Single best source that I am aware of on the subject area.

It's an excellent, current overview of the primary concerns for children in South Africa.

It makes me realise that as government we still have a lot to do.

I think they are excellent. They give a very short coverage, and I like the fact that they explain the data tables and come up with some sort of conclusion.

It is able to give us alternative picture of issues facing children in South Africa, government statistics are sometimes not an honest picture of enormity of the problems facing this country.

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